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New Business Item 12 (2017)

I move that NEA will have an ongoing series in the NEA Today and existing digital resources highlighting examples of community schools across the nation and will create a training module for locals to use with parent and community partners around creating community schools.

New Business Item 13 (2017)

I move that NEA Board of Directors consider a new policy statement on public community schools to be presented at the 2018 NEA RA for adoption.

New Business Item 14 (2017)

Consolidated with NBI 9

That the NEA use existing resources to identify and distribute best practices in developing trauma-informed educational efforts being utilized by NEA affiliated educational institutions.

New Business Item 15 (2017)
Adopted As Modified

NEA will support the implementation of restorative justice practices by sharing with the members through existing NEA communication channels the best practices and guidelines to implement restorative justice practices in states and locals, as well as the cultural and historical context of these practices.

New Business Item 16 (2017)
Adopted As Modified

NEA will review the demographic data of high-stakes assessments, like PRAXIS, and other state and national assessments, to ensure that ethnic minority candidates are not adversely impacted when they take the assessments required to become educators. The results of this review should be shared through existing NEA communication channels.

New Business Item 17 (2017)

The NEA stands for all students including immigrant students, students from religious minorities, students of color, and LGBTQ students and will act to ensure that their civil rights are fully protected by

  1. Calling upon our members and society to take action to promote a culture of safety, support, and affirmation that ensures civil rights for all students by adopting policies that respect the civil rights of all students.
  2. Providing tools for affiliates and members to use at the state and local level to gain or secure protections for students’ civil rights.
  3. Issuing legal guidance and model school district policies that spell out the legal rights and provide best practices designed to ensure that students’ rights are protected.
  4. Continuing to actively participate in the legal efforts to secure full civil rights by joining with other legal advocacy organizations and filing amicus curiae briefs in courts to argue in support of those rights highlighting the commitment of NEA members to the equal and fair treatment of all students.
  5. Joining with the civil rights and advocacy community to ensure that the federal civil rights of students continue to be enforced.
  6. Pursuing information regarding the extent to which the current U.S. Department of Education has cut back enforcement of federal civil rights.
  7. Joining with other allies to challenge where appropriate the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of civil rights protections for students.
  8. Highlighting through NEA communication properties the efforts of NEA members to advocate for their students for these core civil rights issues.

New Business Item 18 (2017)
Adopted As Amended

The NEA will oppose deportations and state that public school staff should decline cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials or any official seeking immigration information. NEA will further encourage school districts to adopt policies refusing cooperation with ICE officials under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) due to the detrimental effects ICE actions have on documented, citizen, and undocumented community members alike.

The NEA will issue a press release stating its support for the physical, social, and emotional well-being all members of school communities need in order to learn. This press release will also reiterate that school staff should not be encouraged or coerced to provide information about the immigration status of any community member in order to safeguard students’ privacy and well-being.

NEA will urge local affiliates to publicize local and state policies that protect or potentially harm immigrants in order to inform members.

New Business Item 19 (2017)

NEA will reissue the call to action urging members and the public to join the effort to demand that U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos answer NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s questions posed in her letter of February 14, 2017.

New Business Item 20 (2017)
Adopted As Modified

The NEA Student Program Chair will work with the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC) to create a strategy and process for an ethnic minority aspiring educator to be recommended to the president as a representative on EMAC.

New Business Item 21 (2017)
Adopted As Amended

NEA will encourage state affiliates to explore opportunities to include aspiring educators and early career members in the NEA and state events. NEA will collect best practices from state leadership and share these with each state affiliate.